Runner-up Finish during 67th Annual Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals Puts Capps and Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat No. 1 to Kick-off NHRA ‘Countdown to a Championship’

September 5, 2021

, Indianapolis, IN

The National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) cornerstone eventuality and world’s biggest drag-racing competition, reason any year during Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis and affectionately referred to as a “Big Go,” owes many of a status and warranted repute to a story and repute for charity adult noted racing, cutthroat competition, challenging hurdles and drama; a 67th annual Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals did not disappoint.

Don Schumacher Racing Funny Car motorist Ron Capps powered his Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat from a No. 6 qualifier position, to a contingent of 3.9-second passes to improved Justin Schriefer, Robert Hight, and Alexis DeJoria, and modernized to customarily his second final rejecting spin entrance during a legendary eventuality for a eventuality to strive for a fugitive Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals Wally esteem he has chased for 27 years. 

The final set adult a duel between Capps and associate Funny Car maestro Tim Wilkerson in that a DSR HEMI®-powered appurtenance finished a initial pierce on a approach to laying down another plain sub-four second pass. His opponent, however, was means to compare a bid and lift brazen for a win.

While Capps’ runner-up finish during a “Big Go” wasn’t a finale he had hoped for, as a satisfaction esteem a outcome propelled him from a fifth place position in a Funny Car points standings during a commencement weekend, to tighten out a NHRA’s unchanging deteriorate in a tip spot. The tip 10 qualifiers for a arriving seven-event playoff array now see their points reset, and as a No. 1 seed, Capps is rewarded with a 20-point lead to start a “Countdown to a Championship” during subsequent weekend’s Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil during Maple Grove Raceway.

Another certain opening by a Cruz Pedregon Racing group began with a Snap-on Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat subordinate fourth on a strength of a solitary subordinate run of a weekend after dual Saturday sessions were rained out. Cruz Pedregon, a three-time personality during Indy, gathering true down a line with a span of 3.92-second runs to dispatch Terry Haddock and J.R. Todd, and afterwards modernized to his third uninterrupted semifinal showdown to face-off conflicting a contingent eventuality winner, Wilkerson. 

The third Dodge and Mopar brand-supported Funny Car of Matt Hagan was sidelined for this weekend’s competition. After a fortifying NHRA universe champion motorist withdrew from foe after contrast certain for COVID-19 and pushing duties were entrusted to Tommy Johnson Jr., efforts to validate a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye entrance were thwarted by a automatic emanate and rain, ensuing in a DNS (Did not start). As a result, no points were awarded and Hagan slipped from streamer a difficulty to starting a playoffs from sixth place in a Funny Car championship standings.

In Top Fuel competition, final year’s runner-up finisher Leah Pruett was looking to take her Dodge//SRT Redeye dragster for another run for a prestigious Indy title. From a fifth symbol on a eliminations ladder she began her expostulate with an opening spin win over No. 13 seed Joe Morrison. 

In a quarterfinals, Pruett knew she was adult conflicting wily line conditions in a right line and finished certain she gave herself any advantage. She launched with a near-perfect greeting time, clocking a 0.002-second light, though a line showed no forgiveness and slowed Pruett’s progress, enabling opposition Josh Hart to locate and pass her to measure a win. With a result, Pruett clinched a No. 4 symbol to start her fourth “Countdown to a Championship” playoff run.

While her appearance in Top Fuel was finished for a day, Pruett still had another possibility to take home a Wally trophy, this time in a Sportsman category. A rival margin of 23 entries strike a entertainment lanes for a Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown (FSS) eliminations during a “Big Go” and among them, as a tip HEMI®-powered entry, was Pruett who competent her 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak in a No. 12 symbol on a basement of her singular Friday dusk pass during 7.965 seconds/ 166.70 mph after sleet cleared out any possibility of removing in another run on Saturday. Despite a miss of line time, Pruett went into a opening spin with a certainty of carrying warranted dual runner-up finishes during a final dual events during Denver and Topeka. 

Her initial pairing was with DSR stablemate and No. 13 qualifier David Davies who was creation his U.S. Nationals entrance aboard his 20201 D H Davies Racing Mopar Drag Pak. Pruett took a early lead with a discerning 0.060-second greeting time to her teammate’s 0.095, and incited on a win lights with a 7.953 second pass during 176.93 mph to corner Davies’ equally plain 7.959 sec./175.89 mph effort. 

That set adult a second spin conflict for Pruett conflicting No. 1 qualifier Joseph Welsh, who had had a advantage of induction a second subordinate run to acquire a tip seeding before sleet finished everybody else’s eventuality to excellent balance their car. While Pruett powered her Mopar Drag Pak to another plain and unchanging 7.958 sec./176.07 mph run, her foe took advantage of a quicker start and a 7.831/177.65 pass to finish her hopes of advancing any further. 

The third DSR FSS motorist Mark Pawuk debuted his mint 2021 Empaco Equipment Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak by recording a peppery career-best 177.32 mph run in a opening spin of eliminations with a discerning 7.973-second pass. Unfortunately, Pawuk opening was overshadowed by that of No. 3 seed and contingent eventuality pretension personality Jesse Alexander, who’s 0.025-second greeting time interconnected with a 7.924 sec./170.36 mph pass finished his day.

The NHRA’s “Countdown to a Championship” seven-event playoff array starts with subsequent weekend’s Mopar Express Lane Nationals Presented by Pennzoil during Maple Grove Raceway nearby Reading, Pennsylvania on Sept.12-14, 2021.

Matt Hagan, DSR Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye
(Did Not Start)
Ron Capps, DSR NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 6 Qualifier – 3.907 seconds during 326.08 mph)
Round 1: (0.053-second greeting time, 3.903 seconds during 325.77 mph) contra No. 11 Justin Schriefer (0.083/6.496/102.64)
Round 2: (0.077/3.952/326.79) defeats No. 3 Robert Hight (0.056/12.125/75.88)
Round 3: (0.091/3.909/327.74) defeats No. 7 Alexis DeJoria (0.077/3.992/323.04)
Round 4: (0.075/3.946/326.63) detriment to No. 8 Tim Wilkerson (0.088/3.912/320.36)
“First and foremost, a thoughts are with Matt Hagan and his health is on everyone’s mind here. That’s a good competition automobile with Dickie Venables and Hagan and we design to go by that Dodge to win a competition and a championship. It’s uncanny not carrying them in a uncover today. We have these tiny goals we set and one of those was to be a unchanging deteriorate points leader. Coming in here there were a lot of drivers with a possibility to squeeze that tip spot, it was flattering bunched adult and sparkling for a fans. Things fell a approach today.
“We had some tough matchups with Robert Hight in a second spin and Alexis (DeJoria) in a finals. And Tim Wilkerson in a final round. That final spin is accurately since we competition on a line and not on paper. we schooled a prolonged time ago not to design a win. we don’t caring how good your automobile is running. Tim is a good example. You don’t know what he’s going to do. We both went up, and talked before a run and we were going to chuck down. He outran us. It stings. Hats off to them. They threw down that 0.91 in a line nobody suspicion could run that time. Give them credit.”
Cruz Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon Racing Snap-on® Tools Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
(No. 4 Qualifier – 3.896 seconds during 323.66 mph)
Round 1: (0.080-second greeting time, 3.929 seconds during 323.66 mph) defeats No. 13 Terry Haddock (0.111/13.081/69.63)
Round 2: (0.132/3.920/324.20) defeats No. 5 J.R. Todd (0.059/4.328/224.36)
Round 3: (0.068/8.704/87.34) detriment to No. 8 Tim Wilkerson (0.089/3.984/325.37)
“A semifinal finish after subordinate in a fourth position is a good day. We ran a 3.92 in both a initial and second round. In a semifinal, a line had warmed adult a bit so we finished adult spinning a tires conflicting contingent eventuality personality Tim Wilkerson. Overall, we demeanour behind during it and consider it’s a biggest competition of a year and anytime we can get to a final 4 during an eventuality like this, is unequivocally a credit to a group and their tough work. It was one of those races where we were on gait to reap them down and win a whole thing, though a line conditions run-down as it got warmer, and that was a finish of a eventuality there.
“As we demeanour brazen and demeanour during a countdown, we congratulated a team, everybody that did a good pursuit to get ourselves into a countdown. We’ll start a playoffs eighth and we’re all going to be positioned with 10 points separating any position from second place by a tenth, so it’s usually a matter of how we do in these final 7 events. We’re vehement and confident that we’re going to have a automobile to beat. The Snap-on collection Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been unequivocally on a hurl lately. The fact that we’ve been in a semis or improved in a final 3 events in a quarrel (with a runner-up finish during Brainerd) unequivocally bodes good for a group and a confidence.”
Leah Pruett, DSR Dodge//SRT Redeye Dragster
(No. 5 Qualifier – 3.755 seconds during 322.88 mph)
Round 1: (0.077-second greeting time, 3.933 seconds during 252.37 mph) defeats No. 12 Joe Morrison (0.071/4.331/224.36)
Round 2: (0.002/3.897/318.84) detriment to No. Josh Hart (0.057/3.790/325.37)
“The U.S. Nationals is routinely a biggest marathon of a competition as we customarily exam right before it, take partial in a array of events, and have 5 subordinate sessions and afterwards competition on Monday. It’s been utterly a conflicting this year. This week we had usually one qualifier and everybody got a genuine immature line on competition day. It was overwhelming to get by a initial spin with a unequivocally unchanging automobile even with some issues during a tip finish powerwise.
“It’s no tip that a left line is many some-more rival to competition on than a right lane, and we knew that going in. we sat in a automobile for roughly fifty-five mins conflicting Josh Hart, as a Safety Safari did a best pursuit that they could on line prep. This is where my group unequivocally comes together. we had a review with Neal after forty mins and after looking during a track, they didn’t consider we were going to make it off a line, so when they told me to ‘do whatever we wish to do as a driver’, we got excited. This is your time. This is a Dodge//SRT U.S. Nationals. Usually as a motorist we theatre unequivocally shallow, we try to get a best E.T. that we can, though we wanted to take any advantage that we could. So we took a flattering good cube out there, meditative we could confuse him. we went 0.002 though usually didn’t have adequate energy since we had to behind down a HEMI to get down that right line and it was not adequate to get around Josh Hart in that second round.”
Leah Pruett, 2021 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 12 Qualifier – 7.965 seconds during 166.70 mph)
Round 1: (0.060-second greeting time, 7.953 seconds during 176.93 mph) defeats No. 13 David Davies (0.095/7.959/175.89)
Round 2: (0.087/7.958/176.07) detriment to No. 1 Joseph Welsh (0.016/7.831/177.65)
“Recently, a Factory Stock Showdown Dodge Drag Pak has achieved in a purchase on Sunday’s and creation competition day unequivocally exciting. Today, we usually did not have adequate conflicting a No. 1 qualifier in a other lane. We put on a good race, though it was a energy government situation. Running early in a morning for E1, we were means to find that energy and afterwards we had about 6 hours before a second round. We usually weren’t means to spin on a win light. We still have a clever reason in a points standings in a Factory Stock class. We will be contrast before out subsequent competition during St. Louis and I’m vehement about that. We have a good group with Kevin (Helms) and AJ (Berge) and we wish to get behind to going rounds in a few weeks.”
Mark Pawuk, Empaco Equipment Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 22 Qualifier – 13.781 seconds. during 75.07 mph)
Round 1: (0.061-second greeting time, 7.973 seconds during 177.32 mph) detriment to No. 3 Jesse Alexandra (0.025/7.924/170.36)
“Unfortunately with not removing down a line in Q1 on Friday and sleet all day yesterday, it put us behind a 8 turn entrance into Sunday. We did make a large improvement. It ran 7.97 during 177 mph, that is a best speed we’ve run in a prolonged time. We’re streamer in a right instruction with this Empaco Drag Pak. We had a motorist blunder in a initial round. we was a small late. We got a new automobile blues out of a approach and we’ll run improved during St. Louis.”
David Davies, D H Davies Racing Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak
(No. 13 Qualifier – 7.969 seconds during 176.79 mph)
Round 1: (0.095-second greeting time, 7.959 seconds during 175.89 mph) detriment to No. 12 Leah Pruett (0.060/7.953/176.93 mph)
“We’re apparently vehement to be racing on Sunday. Anytime we competition a group automobile and Leah Pruett, that’s a tough draw. We mislaid by 6 thou and that’s a right approach to remove if we have to remove a race. Losing to a teammate creates it reduction painful. I’m vehement about what we’ve finished with a car. We’re starting to get this thing dialed in. We were happy with a runs this weekend with customarily dual laps and we’re looking brazen to a final dual Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown races during St. Louis and Vegas to get prepared for subsequent year.”
NHRA Championship Points Standings:
Following a Dodge//SRT NHRA U.S. Nationals during Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis
FUNNY CAR (season wins in parentheses)
1. Ron Capps (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 981 (1)
2. John Force – 938 (3)
3. Bob Tasca III – 937 (2)
4. J.R. Todd – 931 (1)
5. Robert Hight – 867 (2)
6. Matt Hagan (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 865 (2)
7. Alexis DeJoria – 835
8. Cruz Pedregon (Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat) – 825 (1)
9. Tim Wilkerson– 801 (1)
10. Blake Alexander– 519
TOP FUEL (season wins in parentheses)
1. Steve Torrance – 1389 (8)
2. Brittany Force – 978 (1)
3. Antron Brown – 839 (1)
4. Leah Pruett (Mopar Dodge//SRT) – 712 (1)
5. Shawn Langdon – 668
6. Mike Salinas – 646
7. Justin Ashley – 627
8. Billy Torrence – 621 (1)
9. Clay Millican – 594
10. Doug Kalitta – 588
1. Aaron Stanfield –533
2. David Barton –396
3. Jesse Alexandra –372
4. John Cerbone – 342
5. Leah Pruett (2021 Mopar Drag Pak)– 332
6. David Janac – 314
7. Stephen Bell – 307
8. Dan Condon – 235
9. Arthur Kohn – 231
10. Doug Hamp – 230
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